Expat Round-up: Home and away

Month to month the Expat Round-Up is different. Some months there’s a theme. Other months, I simply share the sterling work that my fellow expat bloggers produce and look for the common thread. This month, the thread that I picked up lead made me think of home and away. I don’t mean the television soap opera but the idea of being at home or away.

Away

Sophie le Brozec joins us this month from sunny Mauritius. Sophie and her family relocated to Mauritius two years ago, from the UK. What does such a decision mean for a family? What ground work that goes into the dream of the freedom from working for the (wo)man?  You must read Sophie’s story. One of the things that resonated with me was when she said, ‘You want to have a great job? You’ll need to work hard, at training or at the job itself. You want to lose weight? You’ll need to watch what you eat and / or work out.

Through Pamela’s retrospective recount of life as an expat’s daughter we find out that crossing is not always glamorous. The way is not always smooth. She recounts her father’s expat experience in the 1970s Britain. I think is quite salient given the attitude towards immigrants.  In ‘Regarding my Father’, Pamela shares is his trials and triumphs. She remembers, Somehow, my Dad managed to strike a healthy balance between working hard to provide for his family and also being present in the moment for us kids.’

 

Home

Battlemum Catherina is an Irish mum based in Portugal. Recently, she visited her home country but did it tourist style.  The trip reminded her of fond memories during the early days of her relations with her now husband.  Find out how you can do Dublin in a day with the Dublin Pass.

Angela from The Inspiration Edit blog is based in Lancashire. However, she spend her formative years in New Zealand.  As an expat you are often told you can never go home again, meaning when you return nothing is ever quite the same. Angela is happy and settled with her family but she does crave treats from New Zealand. In the post ‘My Love For New Zealand and The Tim Tam Slam‘ she shares with us how she curated her own care package online which included… Tim Tam checks it out.

Leona and her family are continue to blaze a trail across the globe. Recently, she revisited London this time with kids in tow. In a recent blog she shares with us ‘50 Best Things To Do In London With Kids’, best of all some are even FREE of charge!  It’s an impressive list which will be quite handy if you will be in London for the summer.

Meanwhile, Adele and her Beautiful Tribe will be visiting her family in Trinidad soon. When your new home is thousands of miles from the country of your birth the journey back is epic, especially with your children. Adele says she’s ‘planning ahead and thinking carefully about what we want to achieve with this trip… and hope this will be a chance for the girls to start making longer term connections with a place and culture that’s an important part of their own identity.’

Perhaps I’m biased but if you’ve never been to Trinidad and Tobago and/or you are looking for a new island destination read her blog.

 

I hope you enjoyed this month’s round-up. Do let me know if there are themes you would like to see covered.  Of course if you have a post you would to be considered for next month’s round-up, please email me on xselph@hotmail.com  or DM me on Twitter.

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About Maria Tumolo

Maria Tumolo is a Trinidad-born Surrey based stay at home mum, blogger and aspiring published children’s book writer. She moved to England in 2001. She lived in Cambridgeshire for a few months before moving London, where she’s lived ever since. Prior to marriage and children, she earned a BA in English from The University of The West Indies, Trinidad 1998. Her career history has spanned from Libraries to Further Education.
Her blog The Tiger Tales explore topics such: expat parenting, education, mixed heritage family life, food and beauty. The way to her heart is a Trini Dalpuri Chicken Roti. 

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